BEEFING UP LOCAL TIES
Restaurant owner appreciates great service from National Bank of Arizona
By Debra Gelbart
Derrick Widmark had never owned a business before when he moved from New York City to Flagstaff in 2006 to help run the Diablo Trust, an award-winning nonprofit conservation collaborative. Wanting to connect the local conservation movement with locally grown food, he opened Diablo Burger in 2009. The Flagstaff restaurant quickly became a regional favorite. All burgers are made from 100 percent grass-fed, open range-raised, antibiotic- and growth hormone-free beef from the ranches within the Diablo Trust.
In May of this year, Widmark opened a second location of Diablo Burger in Tucson, when the ideal spot in a historic building became available. Widmark says his partnership with National Bank of Arizona enabled the opening of his second location.
How has National Bank of Arizona helped you?
We go to great lengths to source as much as possible of what we put in front of our customers from local farms and ranches. I really wanted a local bank that appreciates what we stand for and understands what we need. We built our second restaurant in Tucson with the substantial help of a business expansion loan from NB|AZ.
What do you value most about your partnership with National Bank of Arizona?
I love going into my branch in Flagstaff and having everyone know me by name. The bank always has a can-do attitude and one of ‘we’ll help you out.’
What sets NB|AZ apart from other banks?
The bankers have always taken the time to explain my banking options to me. I have never felt like I was a number entrenched in a bureaucracy.
What would you tell other business owners about doing business with National Bank of Arizona?
I’ve gotten to know lots of other people in business and I have never hesitated to recommend National Bank of Arizona. I’ve been asked many times where I bank. I always say you absolutely will be impressed by these people.